Meals on Wheels is about to celebrate 50 years of delivering food to those over 60 and handicapped and helping them to stay away from nursing homes.
The organization also provides socializing for seniors and transportation if needed.
100-year-old Laura Mack gets a hot meal five days a week thanks to the organization and gets to live in her Waco house independently.
The volunteers deliver about a 1,000 meals each day to three counties – McLennan, Hill and Fall and the city of Corsicana.
Mack who was born and raised in Texas has a big family, but lives alone with her two dogs.
She appreciates the volunteers that visit her and make her life easier.
Mack says, “They bring veggies, fruit, and yes just different things and everything is good. I enjoy it. They are so nice and they help with my meal and I don’t have to cook through the week. I just go get my food, warm it up.”
Besides the meal, Mack also gets a paper.
Libby Bellinger with the organization says the volunteers do more than just delivering meals.
She says, “Some of them don’t want to talk, others want to give you a hug, but they all need a human touch that our volunteers provide.”
The volunteers also do safety checks and if needed they call the ambulance.
Mack is still very independent and in case her family doesn’t pick her up for Sunday church, she can drive herself.
She even serves as an usher at Carver Baptist Church.
And what is the secret to her long and happy life?
“I just talk to God, God takes care of me if it wouldn’t be for the Lord, I don’t know what I would do.”
The organization is celebrating its anniversary on Baylor Campus Oct. 5th.
Tickets cost $65.